Soldiers..we had a few in my fathers family over the years.
My Paternal Grandparents had twelve sons, five who would serve in the Armed Forces.
My Grandmother must have been beside herself.. the worst news came in 1944 May 20 my Uncle Arthur died and was buried in Italy. He was killed during the invasion of Italy. He was in the Army 1943 to 1944.
Arthur born in 1920 and died in 1944.
Twenty four years old..seems like so young to die.
My Uncle Hugo served most of his time in Sicily during WW2 where he was wounded. His left heel was shot off and he had numerous shrapnel wounds in his back near his spine. He was in the Army from 1942 to 1944. Some of that shrapnel remained embedded near his spine until his death in 1987.
My Dad was in Korea when I was born. He was in the Army from 1950 to 1952. Dad was wounded when a round hit his helmet..he didn’t want anyone back home to worry so he never put in for a Purple Heart..but we have photos of his bandaged head.
My Uncles Arnold and Andrew served almost at the same time. Arnold was in the Navy from 1952 to 1956 mostly in Cuba, and Andrew was in the Army from 1953 to 1955 mostly in Hawaii.
This photo was taken when Arnold and Andrew came home for their Mother’s funeral in June of 1953. She died of a massive heart attack.
I often wonder..Arnold enlisted in the Navy so that perhaps Andrew would be passed over for the draft. Andrew was a sickly child and teenager..frail..and his Mother worried about him. ( I think that he was also one of her favorites.) She died shortly after he was drafted, coincidence..maybe..maybe not.
Anyway..this is the photo I wanted to share today. My Uncle Andrew on the left with one of his buddies. Look how close to the White House they are…I bet they strolled through the grounds and probably went inside too. President Eisenhower would have been in office then..a Military man. The entire inside of the White House went through a renovation during the Truman years 1945 to 1953. I can date this photo from 1953 to 1955 because of my Uncles time in service.
We should remember our soldiers not only on Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day.. but other days as well.
Lately the subject of women in the battlefields is being debated. I say ask the women if they want to go to the front lines..if they want to go then let them..I am sick and tired of a bunch of men telling women what they can and cannot do:)
Update: There is some discussion , is this the White House or not..I have searched for photos of buildings with columns in between the windows to no avail..if it is not the White House what building is it?